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welcome to bbc news — i'm david eades. our top stories: chanting. security forces fire tear gas at protesters in sudan — as the demonstrators call for a return of civilian rule. we report from khartoum. prosecutors in texas file lawsuits against the rappers travis scott and drake, after eight people died in a stampede at a music festival. after more than 18 months, america finally re—opens its doors and prepares to welcome fully—vaccinated visitors to the country. and 70 members of an italian crime family are sentenced in the biggest mafia trial in decades.
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security forces in sudan have fired tear gas at teachers taking part in pro—democracy protests in the capital, khartoum. demonstrators have set up barricades for what's intended to be two days of civil disobedience against last month's coup. as arab league mediators arrive in the country to try to defuse the crisis, organisers say they want to increase pressure on the military government to transition to civilian rule. our africa correspondent, andrew harding reports from khartoum. he chanting. anger on the streets of khartoum today. protesters blocking off neighbourhoods. taking big risks to show their contempt for sudan's
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military coup. right now, a lot of blood, a lot of dead people. this military government is a killer. it's a goddamn killer, for real. the protests began two weeks ago when the generals seized power, halting this giant country's admittedly bumpy transition from dictatorship to democracy. so which side will prove stronger? the army or the street? in a khartoum hospital, we found an elderly tailor recovering from a savage beating by the military... can i see your leg? ..and this young student, shot in the leg. a lot of people were shot. his message to the soldiers... they're like animals. animals are better. it's hard to find anyone here who supports the military takeover. it's heartbreaking, honestly.
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to see those young people, the ones that are being killed just for asking for what's rightfully theirs. for a free country with a civilian government. so for me, it's very devastating. it makes me angry. the man leading sudan's coup is general burhan. his spokesman, an admiral, told me that the military had done nothing wrong. you've detained the prime minister and other politicians. your troops have killed protesters on the streets. why on earth would the sudanese people trust you for a second? translation: time will show this was not a coup. _ we will hold elections and the military will step aside. this was simply a course correction.
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but many people here are not convinced. even at night, the protests continue. the determination, the defiance here is impressive. and it's possible that sudan's generals will back down under growing international pressure. but for now, this country's democratic revolution remains on hold. on a continent where it seems military coups are firmly back in fashion. andrew harding, bbc news, khartoum. the us president, joe biden, has instructed his national security team to help investigate a drone attack on the residence of the iraqi prime minister, mustafa al—kadhimi. the attack targeted the prime minister's home in the high—security green zone of baghdad. the interior ministry said two drones were shot down, but a third hit his house. there've been violent clashes between the security forces and supporters of pro—iranian political groups in recent weeks. our middle east correspondent, anna foster, has more details. a strike at the heart of the iraqi government. two drones were shot down, but a third made contact, exploding at the prime minister's official residence.
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mr al—kadhimi escaped unharmed, but six of his personal bodyguards were injured. shortly after the attack, he appeared on national television to reassure the nation that he'd survived. translation: my house i was the target of a cowardly attack. thanks to god, i and those who work with me are in good shape. your heroic security and army forces are working on protecting iraq and its stability. cowardly rockets and cowardly drones do not build countries or futures. less than a month ago, elections in iraq produced a record low turnout. now the country is struggling to build a ruling coalition. many voters don't see any prospect of meaningful change, and there's been violent unrest over the results. the influence of iran is also
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making things tough. the shi'ite cleric, muqtada al—sadr, claimed victory in this election. he campaigns against foreign intervention in iraq, including from its neighbour. as his party gained votes, the pro—iranian fateh alliance lost them. some analysts believe that could be the reason for the attack. no—one has yet claimed responsibility for the attempt on the prime minister's life, but it's been roundly condemned by world leaders and by iran's foreign ministry. they're hoping this won't mark the start of a dangerous new escalation. anna foster, bbc news. staying in the us. prosecutors in texas have filed lawsuits against the rappers travis scott and drake, after a stampede at the astroworld festival in houston led to the deaths of eight music fans. one survivor has branded the
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concert a preventable tragedy. police have also opened a criminal investigation into the event on friday night. our north america correspondent nomia iqbal reports. candles and flowers have been laid outside the festival venue, in tribute to those who died. more is now being heard about those who were killed in the crush. the youngest was 14. other victims have been named. brianna rodriguez, just 16, was a keen dancer. friends are fundraising to pay for her funeral. franco patino, 21. and danish baig, 27, who died trying to save his fiancee. i just want to send out prayers to... to the ones that was lost last night. for the first time since the tragedy, travis scott addressed his fans. appearing sombre and distressed, he reflected on what went wrong at the festival he founded. i'm honestlyjust devastated, and i could never imagine
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anything like this just happening... there were signs of trouble shortly after 9pm local time. as the crowd surged towards the stage, the party soon turned into panic. the venue's first aiders were quickly overwhelmed. people were pushing and shoving to make their escape. police in houston say this is now a criminal investigation, after suggestions of foul play. one of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs. we do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff, that was out and treated him last night, that he was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen, and he felt a prick in his neck. several people were treated with an anti—drug medication. as the memorial for the victims
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grows, so do the questions about what happened. i was completely shocked, �*cause it was for about a couple of minutes that i was seeing two bodies laying down right behind me, and the whole time i was just thinking that they were passed out, and then once a security guard was right next to me talking to another security guard, saying that he didn't have a pulse. investigators say they will find out exactly what caused the surge, and who, if anyone, is to blame for the tragedy. nomia iqbal, bbc news, washington. let's get some of the day's other news in brief. the president of sierra leone has declared three days of national mourning after a fuel tanker explosion killed more than a hundred people on friday. joseph maada bio said the country must learn from the incident, adding that those injured would be given free treatment. the prominent iranian cartoonist, kambiz derambakhsh,
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has died of covid—19 in tehran. he was 79 and had enjoyed a career as an an illustrator and graphic designer spanning over 60 years. his whimsical cartoons gained him a wide following in iran and around the world. twitter users have voted for the world's richest man, elon musk, to sell 10% of his shares in his electric carmaker, tesla — worth around $21 billion. this follows a poll held by mr musk, asking whether he should dispose of the stock in response to proposals by us democrats to tax super—rich americans. in the next few hours, the united states will reopen its land and air borders to travellers from much of the world. visitors who are fully vaccinated against covid—19 will be allowed to enter the country after a 20 month ban, imposed by former president trump in march last year. tori emerson barnes,
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the executive vice president of the us travel association, has been explaining more about the vaccination policy — and the risks associated with it. we have a policy here where you have got to be vaccinated to come into the us. you also have to have proof of a negative covid test. based on clinical research, the chances of someone coming from just the uk to the us, the chances of someone boarding that plane that actually has covid is one in 10,000, and the chances of somebody actually getting infected is one in a million, so we feel really good about the science that is in place and the fact we are welcoming vaccinated travellers that also have proof of negative tests, i think it gives us good reassurance that it is the right time to reopen and as we start to see even more focus on vaccine here in the us and across the globe, we will be able to live with the virus. that kicks in and just three or
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four hours time. the british prime minister has been accused of "trashing" the uk's reputation for democratic standards, as a row over the conduct of his conservative politicians escalates. the opposition labour leader, sir keir starmer, said that borisjohnson had shown "corrupt behaviour" in trying to protect a member of parliament who was found to have broken lobbying rules. mps will hold an emergency debate on standards on monday. here's our political correspondent, chris mason. mps are forever aware how many people don't much like politicians. it's why, for so many who spend their weeks here, this row over the government's behaviour gets right up their nose, because it leaves a whiff of this being a self—serving place. for the opposition parties, it's also a chance to take aim at the prime minister. instead of upholding standards, he orders his mps to protect his mate and rip up the whole system.
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now that is corrupt, it is contemptible and it's not a one—off. and what makes me most angry is the prime minister is trashing the reputation of our democracy and our country. at the heart of this is this man, the former cabinet minister owen paterson. he was found to have broken the rules by making the case to ministers and others on behalf of companies that were paying him. he was due to be thrown out of the commons for 30 days and potentially face a by—election until the government ordered its mps to back at least a delay to that and a review of the system. then, under intense pressure, it changed its mind. any review would not be applicable to mr paterson. today, this cabinet minister said it wasn't about getting their colleague off the hook. the vote wasn't to reject they report that had been put together.
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the vote was to establish an appeals process so that mps in the sort of position that, yes, owen paterson was in, but others as well in future, would have a right of appeal. and i think that's right. it's still an important objective, to have due process here, to have a right of appeal, but obviously we could only take that forward with the agreement and cooperation of other parties. mps will return here tomorrow and spend around three hours debating parliamentary standards. there is real anger on all sides about what's happened. labour's chris bryant, who chairs the commons standards committee, still wants mps to vote to condemn owen paterson's behaviour, even though mr paterson has now resigned. plenty feel there's something of a rebuilding job to be done here, for the government and parliament, to restore trust in how this place works. kris ashman chris mason
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reporting there. stay with us on bbc news — still to come: we report on a diamond mining project in india which activists say will ruin the environment and displace thousands of people. the bombastic establishment outsider donald trump has defied the pollsters to take the keys to the oval office. i feel great about the election results. i voted for him because i genuinely believe that he cares about the country. it's keeping the candidate's name always in the public. eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display - but on the local campaign l headquarters and the heavy routine work of their women volunteers. i berliners from both east and west linked hands and danced around their liberated territory. and with nobody to stop them, it wasn't long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. the palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning.
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after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy, leaving ministers who long felt only grudgingly accepted among the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcome. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: security forces fire tear gas at protesters in sudan as the demonstrators call for a return of civilian rule. prosecutors in texas file lawsuits against the rappers travis scott and drake after eight people died in a stampede at a music festival. votes are being counted in nicaragua's election where daniel ortega is likely to win a fourth term in office. many government critics have gone into exile or already been detained as mr ortega, a former guerrilla leader, looks to extend his
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1a years in power. foreign journalists are not being allowed in to observe the vote, so our correspondent will grantjoins us live from neighbouring costa rica. good to see you, i'm not even going to ask who is going to when or how close it will be, as that is a foregone conclusion, isn't it? it really is, david. — conclusion, isn't it? it really is, david. daniel— conclusion, isn't it? it really is, david. daniel ortega - is, david. daniel ortega essentially decided the outcome of this race injune of this year when he sent police to the home of his biggest rival and placed under house arrest and then followed a slew of further arrests and detentions, house arrests and detentions, house arrests and detentions, house arrests and of course people have either been forced into exile or are behind bars. seven presidential candidates in total and of course in that environment this is just a one horse race and he made sure
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that it was completely toothless, you know, all of the opponents against him and no doubt they will hand him victory very soon and it will probably be in a landslide. jae probably be in a landslide. joe biden has _ probably be in a landslide. joe biden has described it, i think, is a farce, he is clearly not happy, there is talk on the state department of the sort of measures that still could be taken. fact is, well, ortega has been around in modern terms forever, hasn't he? and not much shifts him. there really isn't, here's the last of the cold war warriors in a sense after fidel castro died. he has shown incredible resilience over the years and of course in the 1980s he governed nicaragua until he was removed in 1990 but you know, it was during a year period where the reagan administration was honing in on him and he has come back in 2014 and is still here and it does very much look like he is going to be around
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for the next five years as well. his wife is also very, very powerful as vice president.— very powerful as vice president. ~ ., ., very powerful as vice president. ., ., ., ~ president. will, for now, thank ou president. will, for now, thank you indeed- — president. will, for now, thank you indeed. will— president. will, for now, thank you indeed. will grant - you indeed. will grant reporting from costa rica as he is not allowed into follow the election in nicaragua. tens of thousands of ethiopians have rallied in addis ababa, showing support for the government in its fight against an alliance of rebel forces advancing towards the capital. the bbc�*s africa regional editor will ross has more. a huge show of support for the ethiopian government in its fight against tigrayan rebels. this event in addis ababa was organised by the authorities. on show, signs of frustration at international media coverage of the year—long war and perceptions of interference. the us, the un and the african union have been calling for a ceasefire and peace talks. translation: our country, ethiopia, will not be broken| apart.
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ethiopia always moves forward. i came today to protest against terrorist groups and juntas against those who harassed us for the last 27 yea rs. translation: no more negotiation. _ why doesn't the us government negotiate with terrorists like al—shabaab? they want to destroy this country like they did afghanistan. they will never succeed. we are ethiopians. the mood at the rally was one of defiance and optimism that it is a winnable war. but not everyone, it seemed, on message. this musician called for restraint, urging reconciliation, not more fighting. he wasn't allowed to speak for long. things have not gone well for the ethiopian military in recent months. a week ago, the tigrayan rebels captured two strategic cities in the amhara region. they are now thought to be around 300km from the capital.
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while the government has urged people to get ready to defend addis ababa, the tigray people's liberation front has played down talk of a fight for the capital and said that its main aim is to oust the prime minister. addis is the capital of ethiopia. it has always been important. and people will inaudible the claim that addis will turn to and what martha if we are in addis is absolutely ridiculous. but, for us, our objective is not addis ababa. we are not particularly interested in addis at all. we are interested in making sure that abiy, the president, does not present a threat to our people any more. a year of war has displaced more than two million people in ethiopia. despite growing international pressure, there is no sign that efforts to mediate an end
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to the fighting are making any progress. will ross, bbc news. an italian court has sentenced 70 criminals linked to the powerful �*ndrangheta gang in the first phase of the country's largest mafia trial in more than 30 years. the bbc�*s tim allman reports. their shadow has hung over italy for decades. a web of criminal activity, history of kidnapping, drug smuggling and murder. now, in this especially adapted courtroom in southern italy, some of the interactive type face justice. —— �*ndrangheta. type facejustice. -- 'ndranuheta. �* ,, �* type facejustice. -- 'ndranuheta. �* ., 'ndrangheta. translation: today we have an important _ 'ndrangheta. translation: today we have an important sentence, i we have an important sentence, 91 defendants, 7o we have an important sentence, 91 defendants, 70 found guilty. i am not afraid of anything or anyone. i always say what i think and if i cannot tell the truth, it is because i cannot prove it. there are no
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problems. pa. prove it. there are no problems.— prove it. there are no problems. prove it. there are no roblems. �* . ., problems. a large and powerful criminal networks, _ problems. a large and powerful criminal networks, the - criminal networks, the 'ndrangheta first came to national prominence in the 19705. it national prominence in the 1970s. it believed they could date back to the late 18th century. they do just operate in europe, their activities have been unearthed as far afield as northern south america and even australia. its estimate of the group has an annual turnover of more than 50 billion euros. that's nearly $60 billion. biggerthan billion euros. that's nearly $60 billion. bigger than most companies in italy. this is just the beginning. in the coming months, hundreds of other suspects will go on trial. but these proceedings are only targeting one of perhaps 150 families that makes up perhaps 150 families that makes up this sprawling criminal enterprise. there is a lot of work to be done. tim allman, bbc news. as the cop26 climate talks continue, india is grappling with one example of the debate over development versus protection of the environment. the state government says a proposed mine will bring much—needed jobs, but local people say their lives will be destroyed. bbc hindi's nitin
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srivastava reports. the lungs of central india are under threat. a trek of four hours is the quickest mode to arrive here, but all of this could be lost if a proposed diamond mine gets operational. thousands of animals will be displaced, along with local tribes who are totally dependent on this forest. 10,000 people live here in the forest but the state government has given permission for 200,000 trees to be cut down for a diamond mine. translation: medicinal herbs and leaves are found _ in this forest. people have to decide what they want to do. they know that healer brings herbs from the forest. they have to decide if they want to fight for it. i cannot do it on my own.
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but the state government says people do want the project. translation: we have gone and met the villagers. - not a single person opposed it. everybody wants to get employment from this. diamond mines require millions of litres of water per day. the state government says it will plant1 million trees to compensate for cutting down the forest, but even those trees will need water. translation: if we consider this area in the context - of water supply, this area has been designated as a semi—critical area. the mining project will require 16 million litres of water, so they are building a dam on the river and diverting river water. it will destroy everyone. "it --it will ——it will destroy the river. environmentalists are begging the state government are fearful something unique,
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like these prehistoric paintings, will be lost. but the failure of the state to educate young people who live in the forest is also felt. nitin srivastava, bbc news. thank you for watching. that is bbc news. hello. after a bright and blustery sunday, lighter winds for monday morning mean it will feel colder out there. in fact, the start of monday looks to be the coldest part of the week ahead but the milder air isn't too far away from coming back with these set of weather fronts about to move in from the atlantic with thicker cloud and some patchy rain, heading into westernmost parts of the uk to begin the day, especially into northern ireland. where skies have stayed clear for long enough overnight across eastern scotland and eastern england, this is where temperatures will have fallen low enough with those light winds for a touch of frost. any early sunshine isn't going to last too long here as cloud increases. the rain from northern ireland will then gradually move across scotland as the day goes on, heaviest in the west, into north west england and wales — though much
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of the midlands, eastern and southern england, will stay largely dry during daylight hours. the milder air lifting the temperature in belfast to 15 degrees. still feeling quite chilly into eastern parts of england with the cloud increasing after that frosty start — around 10 degrees in norwich. further outbreaks of rain overnight and into tuesday through northern ireland and scotland, pushing into parts of northern england. it will be a much milder night overnight and into tuesday — double—figure temperatures for many of the larger town and city centres as we start the day. this weather front is only very slowly edging southwards on tuesday, so from it there'll be cloud and some outbreaks of rain into northern england and wales, eventually pushing into parts of the midlands and south west england. east anglia and the south—east, will stay largely dry — a few hazy, sunny spells. a brighter day in scotland and northern ireland, albeit a few showery bursts of rain spreading their way southwards during the day, and temperatures are definitely on the mild side of average, and that's where they're going to stay for the rest of the week. this weather front is still around into wednesday — in fact, there will be
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another pulse of energy running along it. it looks as if that will bring some outbreaks of rain into parts of wales and england on wednesday. a bright day in scotland and northern ireland. there will be a few showers just edging towards north—west scotland during the day. and again, those temperatures, for the most part, are into double figures. again, that's where they are going to stay for the rest of the week. a fair amount of cloud around, some sunny spells here and there, and another set of atlantic weather fronts beginning to take some rain southwards from scotland and northern ireland into wales and england as we head towards the end of the week. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news — the headlines: sudanese security forces have fired tear gas at multiple pro—democracy protests in the capital, khartoum. they have also been dismantling barricades that had been erected and set on fire by protesters. the demonstrators had called for two days of civil disobedience to protest against last month's coup. the rappers travis scott and drake are being sued over friday's stampede at the astroworld music festival in the us city of houston in which eight people were killed. prosecutors in texas have filed lawsuits on behalf of relatives against both artists. the stampede happened while scott was performing. the united states will shortly reopen its land and air borders to travellers from much of the world. visitors who are fully vaccinated against covid—19 will be allowed to enter the country

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